Iain Butcher says experience is key vs former sparring partner Ukashir Farooq

RINGSIDE 19/11/2018

Iain Butcher believes his superior experience will prove key to relieving Ukashir Farooq of the British bantamweight crown on MTK Global’s stacked November 30 card.

Motherwell’s ‘Baby Butch’ (18-3-KO5) challenges for a British title for a third time against the unbeaten Farooq (10-0-KO4), who will enjoy home advantage at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on the night.

Despite technically being an ‘away’ fighter, Butcher welcomes the prospect of a raucous atmosphere and is confident he has the ringcraft to emerge with the Lonsdale belt – live on BoxNation.

Butcher said: “I’ve sparred with Kash a few times and he’s very good – but I see loads of weaknesses I can exploit and I’m looking forward to showing him and everybody what level I’m at.

“What’s clearly noticeable is that I have more experience than him. I’ve done the distance a few times and he hasn’t. I’ve been a professional longer than him and I believe my experience will play a massive part.

“It’s going to be a special night. I can’t remember two Scottish fighters headlining a card for a British title. Obviously Kash boxed Jamie Wilson for the title but headlining doesn’t happen very often so it’s extra special.

“The atmosphere on fight night is going to be electric. It’s going to be a massive night in there and the Scottish boxers will get great support. I was at the first TV card MTK Global put on and it was great but this is even bigger.”

In addition to Farooq vs. Butcher, Tyrone McKenna takes on Lewis Benson and Kieran Smith and Peter McDonagh collide for the WBC Silver International super-welterweight title after an impressive undercard featuring the likes of David Brophy, Reece McFadden, Michael McGurk, Jack Turner and more.

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